MORE than 120 young musicians from the premier orchestral training organisation in NSW will be in Dubbo from June 10 to 12 for a series of concerts and talent development workshops.
The visit has been organised as part of a regional outreach program launched by the Sydney Youth Orchestra (SYO) earlier this year.
Development and special projects manager Mia Patoulios said Dubbo had been selected as the first SYO hub due to the commitment and energy of local music teachers and young performers.
On Friday June 10 schools concerts would be held at the Dubbo Christian School Auditorium.
The SYO Philharmonic orchestra would perform at the Dubbo Golf Club at 7.30pm. The SYO Symphonic Wind Orchestra would perform at Gilgandra Shire Hall from 7pm.
On Saturday June 11 renowned conductors and music educators James Pensini and Brian Buggy would work with young musicians from across the central west.
"The SYO uses a side-by-side player mentoring method pairing local students with SYO musicians who along with conductors will guide them through playing the orchestral repertoire," Ms Patoulis said.
"They will work together for three hours and then present what they have learned to friends and family during an evening concert at the Dubbo Christian School auditorium at 7pm. Tickets will be available at the door."
Ms Patoulis said the SYO was calling out to singers and choirs to join in a spectacular concert finale.
"Anyone able to hold a tune is invited to sing Sibelius' Finlandia with us, conducted and arranged for full orchestra and choir by Brian Buggy," she said.
"A combined workshop would be hosted from 2pm to 3pm at St John's College. Visit www.syo.com.au/dubbo-sings-with-Syo to register. Music and text will be sent prior to the workshop and performance."
On Sunday June 12 the SYO Symphonic Wind Orchestra would perform on the lawn of the Savannah Visitor Plaza at Taronga Western Plains Zoo from 9.30am to 10.15am.
The SYO Philharmonic would play at the Lazy River Estate from 10.45am to 12.15pm.
Ms Patoulios said the SYO had been overwhelmed by the support of the local and regional community with students from Dubbo, Blayney, Parkes, Trundle, Trangie and Wellington scheduled to participate in workshops.
"We are looking forward to building ongoing relationships with the young classical musicians of the region," she said.